Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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The Fallen
A Novel
Carlos Manuel Álvarez
Alvarez story of a modern Cuban family and their desperation and pains left me amazed. The details and deteroritions of each member of the family and their dependence on each other is a rhythmic, impossible to put down read. --RECOMMENDED BY JOSIAH
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ALIENS
Chingon Chicano artist y Stanford professor Enrique Chagoya is the artistic bridge between Chicano raices and Latinx futuras. This book is a timely mescla of Chagoya's increible artwork and artistic musings. These images are profundo, peligroso, y necesario.. --RECOMMENDED BY JOSIAH
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GOOD IMMIGRANT: 26 WRITERS REFLECT ON AMERICA
An entertaining and profound multiracial portrait of the Americas as expressed through the voices of 26 incredible writers, including Teju Cole,Jenny Zhang, Tejal Rao, and Porochista Khakpour. Aqui estamos y no nos vamos --RECOMMENDED BY JOSIAH
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CHILDREN OF VIRTUE & VENGEANCE
After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could've imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too.
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HOOD FEMINISM: NOTES FROM THE WOMEN THAT A MOVEMENT FORGOT
Anyone who identifies as a feminist, especially a white liberal feminist, needs to read this book. Kendall points out how mainstream feminism too often centers the privilege of white cis women while leaving the specific issues of Black, brown, unhoused, trans, and poor womxn by the wayside. --recommended by Caitlyn
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STAMPED RACISM ANTIRACISM & YOU
A must read, foundational text in anti-racist education for the whole family --recommended by Caitlyn
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WIZARD OF EARTHSEA
Words can not describe how much I love this book and the rest of the Earthsea Cycle. Le Guin deftly explores gender roles, race, and the nature of power over the course of six delightful books that leave you feeling like you're in your own Imminent Grove. --recommended by Caitlyn
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The Meaning of Freedom
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Angela Y. Davis
Though City Lights released this in 2012 and most of the collected speeches within date from 1994-2009, Davis' words are searingly appropriate for the racial, social, and political hellscape we are currently experiencing. We need her more now than ever. ---recommended by Caitlyn
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FINNA: POEMS
Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy --recommended by Paul
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LONG SHOT : THE TRIUMPHS AND STRUGGLES OF AN NBA FREEDOM FIGHTER
Those of us missing the NBA season, and trying to get our fix from Michael Jordan's "Last Dance," will be better served reading former NBA superstar Craig Hodges' memoir, who, like Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes before him, put his politics front and center. ---recommended by Stacey
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DESERT NOTEBOOKS'
A Road Map for the End of Time
Ben Ehrenreich
An ideal read for these days, where we can only sit still and wait—a travelogue of the apocalypse. --recommended by Stacey
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Afropessimism
Frank B. Wilderson III
In an eloquent mix of memoir, philosophy, and critical theory, Frank Wilderson unsparingly explains how humanity defines itself through anti-Blackness and racism. --recommended by Stacey
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ACTION PARK: FAST TIMES, WILD RIDES, AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA'S MOST DANGEROUS AMUSEMENT PARK
Both of us survived Action Park as children. It's all true. For a fun, crazy summertime read...this is hard to beat, while dodging the heat! --Recommended by Don & Daven
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Hurricane Season
A Novel
Fernanda Melchor
Admirers of Juan Rulfo, Amparo Davila, and Jose Revueltas will recognize the writing of Fernanda Melchor as continuing in a tradition of writers from Mexico whose themes are people living on the outskirts of urban life. Hurricane Season is a frightening and impossible book to put down. --recommended by Josiah

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